6 things you may not know about car seats: Test your knowledge!

UPDATE: Test your car seat knowledge with the latest quiz. We’ve updated the quiz in June 2019 with the latest information. Read the latest blog for the dates and times for the 2019 car seat checks.

Blog post from 2017:

Whether you are a seasoned parent who installs car seats often, a grandparent who pulls out the car seat from the basement when your little ones come to town, or you are expecting the arrival of a new baby, installing car seats correctly can be tricky, but Public Health is here to help.

Parents and caregivers can get support fitting their children securely in car seats at events hosted by Public Health and partners this summer. See below for all the details.

And now for our CAR SEAT QUIZ 

We asked Alan Abe of Public Health’s Emergency Medical Service and car seat expert to share some of his wisdom for this quiz. See how you do and share it with your friends. The correct answer will light up in green.

1. What percent of car seats are installed correctly according to national data?
1 in 4
Correct. Visit a car seat check event to make sure your seat is installed correctly.
2 in 4
3 in 4

2. Child safety seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury by what percent?
Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent, according to national research.
3. Where is the safest place in the car for an infant to be sitting? 
In the middle back seat.
This is the safest place. However, check your vehicle manual first! Not all vehicles allow for a car seat in the middle back seat.
In the back seat on the passenger’s side.
In the back seat on the driver’s side.
4. How long should a child be rear facing?
At least until they turn two.
Keep the child rear facing as long as possible to the height and weight limits of the car seat – recommended to at least 2 years
Until their first birthday.
Until my child’s legs touch the back seat while rear facing.
It isn’t dangerous for a child’s legs to touch the back of the seat. A rear facing car seat protects the head, neck and spine in a collision–it’s important to protect the most important part of the child’s body
5. When does a child outgrow a booster seat?
Until 8 years old or 4’9′.
The child should be 8 years old or 4’9″ and when the adult seat belt fits them properly-across the center of the chest and low across the hips.
Until they are 5 year old or 4’1″.
Until they are 10 years old or 4’7′.
6. Where should the chest clip be located?
At armpit level.
Two inches below the child’s chest.
Where it doesn’t get in the way of clothing

Now that you’ve taken the quiz, join us for a CAR SEAT CHECK EVENT.

If you don’t feel completely confident that you’ve installed your car seat correctly, you aren’t alone and car seat specialists are here to help.

Location: buybuy BABY store in Tukwila at 17686 Southcenter Parkway, Tukwila
Dates:  June 15, July 20; August 17, September 21
Time: All events take place from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Appointments are recommended but not required. Please call 206-744-3547 to make an appointment. Car seat checks take approximately 30 minutes per car seat.

These events are ones of several ongoing child safety seat check-up events in the Puget Sound area. Check the Washington Safety Restraint Coalition website for locations and schedules.

Originally posted on May 12, 2017

3 thoughts on “6 things you may not know about car seats: Test your knowledge!

  1. Great article!! Suggest fixing this typo:

    Whether your a seasoned parent


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